Persian Art, Parthian and Sassanian Dynasties, 249 B.C.- A.D. 651

Persian Art, Parthian and Sassanian Dynasties, 249 B.C.- A.D. 651

Persian Art, Parthian and Sassanian Dynasties, 249 B.C.- A.D. 651

Persian Art, Parthian and Sassanian Dynasties, 249 B.C.- A.D. 651

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The very existence of Parthian art, as distinct from Sassanian art, is a recent discovery. As a result of intensive research work, the traditional view of the Parthian world as an obscure hinterland on the margin of the Roman Empire has now been challenged. A change of perspective has taken place, bringing to the fore the Greco-Iranian art which, just before the Christian era, flourished in the vast region of the non-Mediterranean East hellenized by the Seleucids and Bactrians.

One of the results of the discoveries at Dura Europos (from 1921 on) has been a better knowledge of the affiliations of the art that flourished on the Syro-Mesopotamian steppes, in Babylonia and on the western edge of the Iranian Plateau. It was to this art, which came to full flowering at Palmyra, Dura Europos and Hatra, that Rostovtzeff gave the name of 'Parthian art.' In his opinion its chief innovation was a strict observance of the law of frontality and, looking for the origin of this practice, he traced it to the Iranian nomads of the Caspian steppes, among them being the Parthians, who disseminated this convention in the lands they dominated.

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